Hickatee Cottages

Hotel category: Stars Stars Stars

Rating: BirdsBirdsBirdsBirds

Country: Belize

Region: Toledo District, Central America

We speak: English

Web site: www.hickatee.com


Hickatee Cottages is an award-winning, bed & breakfast lodge approximately 1.5 miles from the Punta Gorda town. Built in 2005 on 20 acres, it has been created with minimal impact to the environment, and maximum benefit to the community by using local contractors, labor, and suppliers. A small part of the land had been cleared several years before for small-scale farming and it is only this area which has been re-developed for the cottages and the farm. The ‘lion’s share’ of Hickatee Cottages is in its original natural state, with many large trees and lush vegetation and is home to an array of wildlife. We are outside of the Punta Gorda city limits and we are off-grid, predominately solar-powered, with comfortable rooms, a low-key relaxed atmosphere, and personal service.

Our facilities also include Ex-Servicemen’s Bar, which is at the heart of Hickatee Cottages. The building serves as our bar, restaurant, reception, and information center! We have plenty of seating inside to relax with a book from our library or sit at the bar, as well as dining tables on the deck for breakfast and dinner services. Our cozy bar is stocked with local beers and spirits, a small selection of imported wines, and cold soft drinks and juices.


Hickatee Cottages is easily accessible by car, by plane or by bike. While at Hickatee Cottages you feel emerged in a jungle setting, yet we are close enough to the local town for necessary shopping and access to restaurants. The Punta Gorda airstrip is an 8-minute drive from the lodge, which is ideal for any traveler.  We pride ourselves on giving excellent value for the money and enjoy sharing our home with every traveler! Our services and amenities include:

  • Complimentary transfer to/from the local airstrip
  • Early bird morning coffee or tea
  • Complimentary light continental breakfast each morning
  • WIFI/Internet access throughout the central property and within all cottages
  • Use of our cruiser bikes to further explore town and the Boom Creek hot spots
  • Rainwater splash pool at the center of our property
  • Complimentary Garifuna Drumming every Wednesday to experience local culture (T&C apply)
  • Exclusive visit to the Fallen Stones butterfly farm every Thursday (T&C apply)
  • Access to the Hickatee Butterfly Farm adjacent to the cottages for another alternative spot for birding
  • Access to over 2 miles of trails within our property for bird spotting and nature walking
  • Assistance with local tour opportunities within the Toledo District to fit your interests and budget

We invite you to read more about Hickatee Cottages offerings, services and guest reviews on TripAdvisor, Google and Booking.com. Check out our ebird.org hotspots (1. Hickatee Cottages and Boom Creek Road, 2. Hickatee Lodge to Boom Creek). Better yet, come explore our little piece of heaven and walk the peaceful Boom Creek road and Hickatee Cottages trails to find your lifer!


Hickatee Cottages offers 6 clean and comfortable cottages with rooms ranging in size and price from the smallest, Hickatee Den, up to the Honeymoon Suite, the largest and most private of our rooms. We can accommodate up to 15 guests. Each room has its own entrance and en-suite facilities, including fully screened windows for excellent ventilation, ceiling fans, hot showers and the lovely sounds of our natural jungle. Each cottage includes the basic toiletries and sufficient towels and bedding for a comfortable stay, and a locked safe.

Each of our cottages are within a jungle setting, perfect for the novice to expert birder. Each cottage and main house verandahs serve as excellent birding spots for those that want to start early within the central grounds.

# Species
1 Great Tinamou
2 Little Tinamou
3 Plain Chachalaca
4 Great Curassow
5 Pale-vented Pigeon
6 Short-billed Pigeon
7 Ruddy Ground Dove
8 Blue Ground Dove
9 Ruddy Quail-Dove
10 White-tipped Dove
11 Gray-chested Dove
12 Groove-billed Ani
13 Squirrel Cuckoo
14 Lesser Nighthawk
15 Common Nighthawk
16 Common Pauraque
17 White-collared Swift
18 Chimney Swift
19 Lesser Swallow-tailed Swift
20 Long-billed Hermit
21 Stripe-throated Hermit
22 Green-breasted Mango
23 White-bellied Emerald
24 Rufous-tailed Hummingbird
25 Ruddy Crake
26 Magnificent Frigatebird
27 Great Egret
28 Cattle Egret
29 Green Heron
30 Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
31 King Vulture
32 Black Vulture
33 Turkey Vulture
34 White-tailed Kite
35 Hook-billed Kite
36 Black Hawk-Eagle
37 Roadside Hawk
38 Gray Hawk
39 Broad-winged Hawk
40 Short-tailed Hawk
41 Middle American Screech-Owl
42 Mottled Owl
43 Slaty-tailed Trogon
44 Black-headed Trogon
45 Gartered Trogon
46 American Pygmy Kingfisher
47 Green Kingfisher
48 Collared Aracari
49 Keel-billed Toucan
50 Golden-fronted Woodpecker
51 Pale-billed Woodpecker
52 Lineated Woodpecker
53 Chestnut-colored Woodpecker
54 Collared Forest-Falcon
55 Laughing Falcon
56 Aplomado Falcon
57 Bat Falcon
58 Brown-hooded Parrot
59 White-crowned Parrot
60 Red-lored Parrot
61 Olive-throated Parakeet
62 Barred Antshrike
63 Black-crowned Antshrike
64 Dot-winged Antwren
65 Dusky Antbird
66 Black-faced Antthrush
67 Olivaceous Woodcreeper
68 Ruddy Woodcreeper
69 Tawny-winged Woodcreeper
70 Wedge-billed Woodcreeper
71 Northern Barred-Woodcreeper
72 Ivory-billed Woodcreeper
73 Streak-headed Woodcreeper
74 Plain Xenops
75 White-collared Manakin
76 Red-capped Manakin
77 Black-crowned Tityra
78 Masked Tityra
79 Northern Schiffornis
80 Speckled Mourner
81 White-winged Becard
82 Sulphur-rumped Flycatcher
83 Ochre-bellied Flycatcher
84 Northern Bentbill
85 Common Tody-Flycatcher
86 Yellow-olive Flycatcher
87 Yellow-bellied Tyrannulet
88 Greenish Elaenia
89 Yellow-bellied Elaenia
90 Mistletoe Tyrannulet
91 Eastern Wood-Pewee
92 Tropical Pewee
93 Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
94 Bright-rumped Attila
95 Dusky-capped Flycatcher
96 Great Crested Flycatcher
97 Brown-crested Flycatcher
98 Great Kiskadee
99 Boat-billed Flycatcher
100 Social Flycatcher
101 Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher
102 Tropical Kingbird
103 Couch's Kingbird
104 Tawny-crowned Greenlet
105 Lesser Greenlet
106 White-eyed Vireo
107 Yellow-throated Vireo
108 Red-eyed Vireo
109 Brown Jay
110 Gray-breasted Martin
111 Barn Swallow
112 Long-billed Gnatwren
113 Tropical Gnatcatcher
114 Spot-breasted Wren
115 White-breasted Wood-Wren
116 Gray Catbird
117 Veery
118 Gray-cheeked Thrush
119 Swainson's Thrush
120 Wood Thrush
121 Clay-colored Thrush
122 Olive-backed Euphonia
123 Green-backed Sparrow
124 Orange-billed Sparrow
125 Yellow-breasted Chat
126 Yellow-billed Cacique
127 Montezuma Oropendola
128 Black-cowled Oriole
129 Orchard Oriole
130 Baltimore Oriole
131 Melodious Blackbird
132 Great-tailed Grackle
133 Ovenbird
134 Louisiana Waterthrush
135 Northern Waterthrush
136 Golden-winged Warbler
137 Blue-winged Warbler
138 Black-and-white Warbler
139 Tennessee Warbler
140 Kentucky Warbler
141 Common Yellowthroat
142 Hooded Warbler
143 American Redstart
144 Magnolia Warbler
145 Bay-breasted Warbler
146 Yellow Warbler
147 Chestnut-sided Warbler
148 Yellow-throated Warbler
149 Summer Tanager
150 Scarlet Tanager
151 Red-throated Ant-Tanager
152 Black-faced Grosbeak
153 Blue-black Grosbeak
154 Blue Grosbeak
155 Indigo Bunting
156 Gray-headed Tanager
157 Crimson-collared Tanager
158 Blue-gray Tanager
159 Red-legged Honeycreeper
160 Blue-black Grassquit
161 Variable Seedeater
162 Morelet's Seedeater
163 Yellow-faced Grassquit
164 Buff-throated Saltator
165 Black-headed Saltator

* Please note that the English bird names on this site follow the American terminology. If you can't find a species name, try searching by Family or latin name.
Status key: B = breeding species; RB - rare breeding; W = winter only; V - vagrant; RV = rare vagrant; TM - trans-migrant; In - introduced

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